Today I'd like to talk about some eye care essentials that I've been using for a couple years. Those who wear contacts or circle lenses regularly will know the pains of dry eyes. Blurred vision, itchiness, scary bloodshot eyes can all be symptoms of dryness from your contacts. Even if you are not a contact lens user, but regularly apply makeup, makeup particles can always enter your eyes and cause discomfort.
When I first heard of an eye wash, I was skeptical. There's a rubber nipple looking thing that you are supposed to fill with liquid and put in your eye. Why?!
The last time I visited Japan I decided to try it out so I picked up the famous Rohto Lycee (ロートリセ) eye drops and the eye wash. The eye wash comes in two sizes, 450 ml and 80 ml. I decided to lug back the 450 ml bottle back to the states with me since it was relatively cheap at the time as there was a sale at Matsumoto Kiyoshi (Drugstore in Japan). My friend also helped me pick up a 80 ml bottle recently since I needed a new bottle.
Rohto Lycee's Eye Wash features 3 key points.
-Delivering 3 types of vitamins (Vitamin B12, B, E) as well as hyaluronic acid,
-Unique design of the applicator for ease of use
-Convenient and cute packaging.
It is also advertised as having a rose scent although there is as a slight medical smell to it.
The rubber nipple looking applicator allows you to conserve the product as you can just squeeze the applicator with your head down and have the product "cleanse" your eye. It does feel refreshing and clean after using it, as if a film of bacterial and who-knows-what-else has been removed from your eyes. I typically use this before I insert my contact lenses, particularly if I know I will be wearing them for extended periods of time. This used in conjunction with the Rohto Lycee eye drops are the only way I can keep my eye whites staying white instead of a pinkish tinge I usually get from wearing any sort of contacts. (Clear, Freshlooks, Circle lenses, etc). I also use it once I remove my makeup in order to clean any residue that may have entered my eyes like mascara or traces of makeup.
The thing that annoys me the most is if I have a squiggly piece of dust or unknown particle in my eye I can't seem to get out. Suffering with the itchiness while trying to do practically anything else is impossible! First world problems, I know.. But if you have any blurring in your vision or mascara particles you can't seem to get out, this is definitely the solution.
|450 ml bottle compared to 80 ml bottle|
I usually use the cooling Rohto drops prior to inserting my contact lens and carry around the Lycee drops with me in my purse. They tend to not be as strong and minty as the US version, but for those who have not used these types of drops before they may not be used to them. It seriously feels like someone put a stick of chewing gum or toothpaste in your eye and you're blinded by a moment of minty coolness. After a couple minutes, your eyes will be white as ever and hydrated though, so it's all worth it!
|Showing all the makeup residue and dirty things that get left in your eyes|
|Directions for use|
I'm actually on my way to LA again for the holiday because we have Monday off. (President's Day) I'll be visiting my family and friends, shopping, snowboarding, and getting fat. My favorites... Topshop had it's grand opening yesterday at The Grove in Los Angeles as well for their new 30,000 sq ft store so you can bet I will be there tomorrow morning!